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Dates:Thursday, April 20, 2023 - Thursday, April 20, 2023
Hours:6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Ages:Teens, Adults
In/Outdoor:Indoor, Outdoor
Cost:$$ see below
Category:Arts & Culture

The celebration recognizes the 300th anniversary of Old North Church and the historical events of April 18, 1775, when allies of Paul Revere hung two lanterns from Old North Church’s steeple as a warning to their fellow Patriots that British troops were on the move.

After passing critical information to the signal holders, Paul Revere began his iconic midnight journey to Lexington and Concord.

The courageous actions of Revere and the lantern bearers are an inspirational reminder of the power of active citizenship to create a more perfect union that reflects the promise of liberty and justice for all.

This year’s event will be held in person from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Old North Church & Historic Site, located at 193 Salem Street in Boston.

The celebration will feature the Middlesex County Volunteers Fife & Drums; a rousing reading of the poem “Paul Revere’s Ride” by Susan Tran, Emmy Award-winning Anchor and Reporter for NBC Boston; remarks from the 2023 Lantern Award honoree Annette Gordon-Reed, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and MacArthur 'Genius Award' recipient; and a lively reception with lantern signals lighting up the sky.

Event Schedule:

6:30pm: Doors open, musical performance
7:00-8:00pm: Seated program
8:00-9:30pm: Post-program reception to view the lantern signals and enjoy food, drink, and entertainment

We’re very excited that the Middlesex County Volunteers (MCV) Fifes & Drums will be performing at Lanterns & Luminaries! If you’ve never heard an authentic fifes and drums concert, you’re in for a real treat.

Proceeds from the event will support Old North Illuminated’s virtual and on-site programs, which aim to inspire children and adults alike to consider the ways in which they can build a more just and equitable world.

Tickets range from $75 to $200 and must be purchased in advance.

To register, visit:

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193 Salem St., Boston, MA, 02113 map

Old North Church
193 Salem St.
Boston, MA 02113


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